The Buffalo Society of Artists (BSA) is committed to the principle of equal opportunity.

BSA does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and medical conditions related thereto), gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, religion and religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), disability (mental or physical) including HIV and AIDS, medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), marital status, age, military and veteran status, ancestry, ethnic or national origin (including language-use restrictions), or other characteristics or classifications protected by the law in the administration of its educational, employment, or admissions policies; scholarships and loan programs; and other Institute-administered programs and activities.

Because harassment and discrimination can also constitute violations of federal and state law (e.g., Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, applicable New York State law individuals who feel that they have been subjected to harassment or discrimination may, in addition to notifying BSA, file a complaint with the appropriate state or federal agencies, including, in the case of employees, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and/or New York State Division of Human Rights In addition, students and/or employees may file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights, United States Department of Education.

BSA’s policies strictly prohibit discrimination against, or the harassment of, any individual at BSA or at BSA activities occurring away from at other locations, including but not limited to all individuals regularly or temporarily employed, studying, or with an official capacity at BSA (such as board members, visiting artists, volunteers, and contractors). Persons violating BSA’s policies will be subject to corrective action up to and including discharge from employment or dismissal from membership in BSA. BSA also prohibits retaliation against a person who reports, files a complaint, or who otherwise participates in good faith in any proceeding related to BSA’s policies.

Reporting Incidents of Discrimination

It is the responsibility of all BSA community members to comply with BSA’s policies. Accordingly, anyone who believes they are being harassed or discriminated against, have observed harassment of, or discrimination against, another person at the Institute in violation of this policy, or believe such conduct has occurred, should immediately report the incident to:

William C. Altreuter, Esq.
BSA President
Phone: (
716) 308-8388